Brad Pitt reveals why he turned away from his 'very, very tough' parents

Brad Pitt has opened up about his "strict" childhood. The actor revealed that in rebellion to his strict Christian upbringing and his parent’s strong religious beliefs, he now considers himself an atheist.

The star, who was raised in a Southern Baptist household, told The Telegraph magazine that his father was "very, very tough" and that he and his siblings were raised "with all the Christian guilt about what you should and shouldn’t do."

Brad has said that his parents were "very, very tough" when he was growing up

"One thing my folks always stressed was being capable, doing things for yourself. [My father] was really big on integrity – and that informed a lot of what [we] try to do now."

Although he insists he had a very happy childhood the 51-year-old has said that he uses a different approach when it comes to disciplining his own children. "I am [a disciplinarian] with the boys. Girls do no wrong so I don’t have to be. I feel like my job is to show them around, help them find what they want to do with their life, put as many things in front of them, and pull them back when they get out of line, so they know who they are."

Brad says he is disciplining his children in his own way

Although Brad now considers himself an atheist, his other half Angelina has often opened up about her belief in a higher power. Speaking with People Magazine the 40-year-old said: "When there is an obstacle, you have to rise to the challenge, not be overwhelmed by it. And we’re not alone in the world. I don’t know if there’s a name for that – religion or faith – just that there’s something greater than all of us and it’s uniting and beautiful."

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